Dinner: Monday-Friday: 5pm- 9pm; Friday-Saturday: 5pm-10pm;
Lunch: Monday- Saturday 11am- 2pm
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Welcome to PepeNero!
PepeNero is a cozy and intimate restaurant snuggled inside the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Owners Giorgio and Monica Lo Greco are experienced professionals who know how to amaze your palate by preparing simple, genuine Italian food utilizing the gift of fresh seasonal ingredients from local markets and the high quality of imported Italian products.
Giorgio, our chef is a magician when it comes to cooking. He was born and raised in sunny Sicily, the largest of Italian islands, in a culture with a strong, stable culinary tradition, where people take great pleasure in food, and dining is an experienced to be savored. That is where his involvement in the world of culinary arts begun, and continued as a way to travel and see the world. In 2011 together with his wife Monica, decided to leave his homeland and make the leap to Traverse City, MI to deliver a chunk of true Italian life style to the Grand Traverse Area.
When dining at PepeNero you will not only enjoy the delicious food made by Giorgio, but will also meet his wife Monica. She is the soul of the „PepeNero“ and she cares for her guests with utmost dedication and pleasure. “Our vision was to open a restaurant that will resemble to one on the streets of Palermo, Italy: a place that we will frequent ourselves: intimate, laid back usually buzzing with conversations and people enjoying freshly cooked real Italian food matched with excellent wines and genuine service.
We place great emphasis on the relationship between the wines on our list and the food that we serve. Our wine list offers something for everyone. Our goal is to take our guests to refreshingly new levels of Italian food and wine enjoyments. Even though you’re not in Italy (and probably not even Italian!) PepeNero will make you feel that you are.

It is with this simple thought in mind that we invite you to join us to celebrate and be a part of our family !

Benvenuti & Buon Appetito!
Giorgio Lo Greco
Giorgio Lo Greco
Monica Lo Greco
Monica Lo Greco
"To eat is a necessity, to savour is an art."

(Francois de la Rochefoucauld)


Our custom built menus cover most regions of Italy with a particular emphasis on the Sicilian cuisine.
In true Italian style, dishes are made with only the freshest and highest quality ingredients available. We let the seasons determine what we cook, taking advantage of all that Michigan farms and imported Italian products have to offer.
We source all our meats from Maxbauer Speciality Meat Market located in the heart of Old Town Traverse City.
"Without Sicily, Italy leaves no image in the soul.Sicily is the key to everything." (Goethe)


If you are interested in any of our services please contact Monica Lo Greco : call 231-929-1960 or email at monicalogreco@pepenerotc.com.
All natural

Much of the food people eat today is loaded with chemicals and preservatives. We provide a tasty, all-natural product that we believe will inspire our customers to become more aware of what they eat.


Check out this page for some of our up and coming special events, wine dinners, cooking classes and more!
Opening hours:

Lunch: Monday - Saturday : 11am - 2pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5pm - 9pm
Friday-Saturday: 5pm - 10pm
Sunday Closed
Please note that PepeNero is a small capacity restaurant. For groups of 4 or more a reservation is suggested, especially on Fridays and Saturdays. During the weekend maximum group size is 10 people.
Buon Appetito e Salute!
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231 929 1960
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons
800 Cottageview Dr.
Traverse City, MI